Baby billboards

Is there anything that screams liberal chic quite like a Che Guevara T-shirt on your two-year old?


Take David Moore, 37, a creative director at Publicis Advertising, who likes to dress his 2-year-old son, Conrad, in a T-shirt stenciled with the classic image of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. "It seems like pretty much all parents in Brooklyn have something similar," Mr. Moore said. "If it’s not Che, it’s a Pixies T-shirt, which Conrad also has," he added—along with one that reads "I Already Know More Than the President," which has also been spotted on the young spawn of Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. ...
Mr. Moore’s wife, Francesca Castagnoli, a writer, wearily estimates that one in 10 kids in her ’hood own the Che shirt. "Some people probably think it’s an icon of what’s cool," she said, adding (without apparent irony): "Also, you sort of want that independent spirit for your child." ...
The shop’s owner, a square-faced native of Sydney, Australia named Simone Manwarring, said that she was among the first to produce rocker tees for tykes, and that she’s currently selling about $5,000 worth of them per month. "It’s a rebellion against what’s currently available on the baby market," said Ms. Manwarring, 34, who opened the store shortly after the birth of her 4-year-old son, Sam. "There was nothing really edgy around, and it seemed fitting. We lived in Williamsburg, and we wanted clothing that reflected the neighborhood."
Before Ms. Manwarring got spooked by a messy legal battle with the Bob Marley estate, Sam & Seb also carried shirts with Nelson Mandela’s silhouette. She has also mulled Mao shirts. [LINK]
Why it almost makes me want to shoot myself.

But wait, here's James Bernard Frost, co-owner of rocker baby chic retailer Baby Wit (Tagline: you may not be cool, but your baby can be), offering up a stirring defense of his business:
For the record, I have no problem using my child as a billboard. I'm also using my car, my laptop, my sidewalk, my business, and anything else I can get my hands on. I'm not going to let the media stupefy me or my child into thinking that dropping bombs on and torturing the innocent civilians of a sovereign nation who did us no harm is something best kept on the down-low.
Our president IS a poopyhead, and as far as I'm concerned that's being kind. A lot of other people out there happen to think similarly, which is why our T-shirts fly out of our punked-out garage. Every time we make one, and it gets stuffed into a biogradable plastic bag, we smile a devious, little smile. Maybe, ten years from now, when these kids grow up, they'll carry forth the tattered banner we've been wavin--the banner that says that Mr. Bush is an idiot, the banner that apologizes for our nation's embarrassing behavior. Maybe, ten years from now, if we keep making T-shirts, the poopyheads will be long gone, we'll be out of Iraq, and there will be peace. [LINK]
Sadly, the poopyheads that are killing me with their toxic brand of moral self-righteousness are here to stay. Oh well, back to shooting myself. Don't worry, my corpse will indeed be bio-degradable.
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